Question Hour is dropped from Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha amidst this pandemic, what opposition says as arbitrary decision curbing checks and balances of executive.
- Members of Parliament have a right to ask questions which is one of the devices available to them to seek information on matters of public importance.
- The Question Hour is one such mechanism in which the members ask questions on varied aspects of administration and governmental activity.
- The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is termed as Question hour.
- It is mentioned in the Rules of Procedure of the House.
- During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers.
The questions are of three types, namely,
• These are distinguished by an asterisk , It requires an oral answer and hence supplementary questions can follow.
• It requires a written answer and hence, supplementary questions cannot follow.
Short notice questions:
• The matters of public importance and of urgent character are considered under this type of questions.
• It is asked by giving a notice of less than ten days.
• It is answered orally.
In addition to the ministers, the questions can also be asked to the private members.
Question to private members:
• These questions are mentioned under Rule 40 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.
• A question may be addressed to a private member if the subject matter of the question relates to some bill, resolution for which that member is responsible